Movies: Toy Story 4, Anna, Shaft

Toy Story 4

Toy Story 4 raises the bar for all previous releases in the franchise. New themes, clear and vivid animation, and many of the original characters. That said, some critics felt this rendition departed too far off the known track. We respectfully disagree. In our sold out viewing, it was clear to us the young viewers understood very clearly what they were seeing on the screen.

Special note: Don’t miss the ending credits. There are several surprise segments you will not want to miss. Enjoy!

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Toy Story 4 (June 19, 2019)

Release Date: June 19, 2019
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Joan Cusack
Genres: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family
Runtime: 100 min
Original Title: Toy Story 4
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar
Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that's Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called "Forky" to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.

Cast Toy Story 4

  • Tom Hanks
  • Role: Woody (voice)
  • Tim Allen
  • Role: Buzz Lightyear (voice)
  • Annie Potts
  • Role: Bo Peep (voice)
  • Joan Cusack
  • Role: Jessie (voice)
  • Tony Hale
  • Role: Forky (voice)
  • Keanu Reeves
  • Role: Duke Caboom (voice)
  • Keegan-Michael Key
  • Role: Ducky (voice)
  • Jordan Peele
  • Role: Bunny (voice)
  • Christina Hendricks
  • Role: Gabby Gabby (voice)
  • Ally Maki
  • Role: Giggle McDimples (voice)
  • Don Rickles
  • Role: Mr. Potato Head (voice)
  • Blake Clark
  • Role: Slinky Dog (voice)
  • Wallace Shawn
  • Role: Rex (voice)
  • John Ratzenberger
  • Role: Hamm (voice)
  • Estelle Harris
  • Role: Mrs. Potato Head (voice)
  • Jeff Pidgeon
  • Role: Squeeze Toy Aliens (voice)
  • Timothy Dalton
  • Role: Mr. Pricklepants (voice)
  • Kristen Schaal
  • Role: Trixie (voice)
  • Jeff Garlin
  • Role: Buttercup (voice)
  • Bonnie Hunt
  • Role: Dolly (voice)
  • Bud Luckey
  • Role: Chuckles the Clown (voice)
  • Madeleine McGraw
  • Role: Bonnie (voice)
  • Jay Hernandez
  • Role: Bonnie’s Dad (voice)
  • John Morris
  • Role: Andy Davis (voice)
  • Laurie Metcalf
  • Role: Mrs. Davis (voice)
  • Patricia Arquette
  • Role: Harmony’s Mom (voice)
  • Lori Alan
  • Role: Julia Anderson (voice)
  • Bill Hader
  • Role: Axel the Carnie (voice)
  • Mel Brooks
  • Role: Melephant Brooks (voice)
  • Betty White
  • Role: Bitey White (voice)
  • Carl Weathers
  • Role: Combat Carl (voice)
  • Carol Burnett
  • Role: Chairol Burnett (voice)
  • Carl Reiner
  • Role: Carl Reineroceros (voice)
  • June Squibb
  • Role: Margaret the Store Owner (voice)
  • Alan Oppenheimer
  • Role: Old Timer (voice)
  • Flea
  • Role: Duke Caboom Advert (voice)
  • Melissa Villaseñor
  • Role: Karen Beverly (voice)
  • Debi Derryberry
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)

Crew Toy Story 4

  • Josh Cooley
  • Director
  • Randy Newman
  • Original Music Composer
  • Stephany Folsom
  • Screenplay
  • Andrew Stanton
  • Screenplay
  • Axel Geddes
  • Editor
  • Bob Pauley
  • Production Design
  • Patrick Lin
  • Director of Photography
  • Jean-Claude Kalache
  • Director of Photography
  • Bob Moyer
  • Supervising Technical Director
  • Andrew Stanton
  • Executive Producer
  • Lee Unkrich
  • Executive Producer
  • Pete Docter
  • Executive Producer
  • Jonas Rivera
  • Producer
  • Mark Nielsen
  • Producer
  • Scott Clark
  • Animation Supervisor
  • Robert H. Russ
  • Animation Supervisor
  • Martin Hynes
  • Story
  • Rashida Jones
  • Story
  • Valerie LaPointe
  • Story
  • John Lasseter
  • Story
  • Will McCormack
  • Story
  • Scott Curtis
  • Foley Mixer
  • James Spencer
  • Foley Editor
  • Qianbaihui Yang
  • Sound Editor

Anna

Remember “Spy vs. Spy” comics?! Well, “fasten your seat belts” and prepare to meet Anna, with the skill, allure, and cunning to confront East and West espionage concurrently.

This is one of the most engaging films of the season. It’s not suitable for young children but it is a suspenseful whopper for us adults. Fun, intriguing and full of surprises. Helen Mirren’s performance alone is worth the price of admission.

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Anna (June 19, 2019)

Release Date: June 19, 2019
Starring: Sasha Luss, Luke Evans, Helen Mirren, Cillian Murphy
Genres: Thriller, Action
Runtime: 119 min
Original Title: Anna
Original Film Language: Français
Production Companies: EuropaCorp, Canal+, OCS, TF1 Films Production, TF1, TMC
Beneath Anna Poliatova's striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill to become one of the world's most feared government assassins.

Cast Anna

  • Sasha Luss
  • Role: Anna Poliatova
  • Luke Evans
  • Role: Alex Tchenkov
  • Helen Mirren
  • Role: Olga
  • Cillian Murphy
  • Role: Lenny Miller
  • Alexander Petrov
  • Role: Piotr
  • Lera Abova
  • Role: Maud
  • Nikita Pavlenko
  • Role: Vlad
  • Anna Krippa
  • Role: Nika
  • Eric Godon
  • Role: Vassiliev
  • Ivan Franěk
  • Role: Mossan
  • Adrian Can
  • Role: John
  • Andrew Howard
  • Role: Oleg
  • Jan Oliver Schroeder
  • Role: Frederick
  • Mikhail Safronov
  • Role: Anna's Father
  • Sergey Bachurskiy
  • Role: Moscow Cabbie
  • Ernest Gromov
  • Role: KGB Superior Officer
  • Julia Munrow
  • Role: Vassiliev's Secretary
  • Jess Liaudin
  • Role: Olga's Technicien
  • Christopher Craig
  • Role: Piotr's Hostage
  • David Coburn
  • Role: CIA Chief
  • James Joint
  • Role: Miller's Chauffeur
  • Réginal Kudiwu
  • Role: Blake
  • Manuel Sinor
  • Role: Binome Blake
  • Eric Lampaert
  • Role: Nato
  • Pauline Hoarau
  • Role: Nato's Model 1
  • Cansu Tosun
  • Role: Car Crash Woman
  • Niccolò Senni
  • Role: Laboratory Scientist
  • Terrence Amadi
  • Role: Scope CIA Agent 2
  • Scott Thurn
  • Role: Scope CIA Agent
  • Elise Lissague
  • Role: One Agency Receptionist
  • Wendy Grenier
  • Role: One Agency Assistant
  • Victoria Cyr
  • Role: CIA Agent
  • François Girard
  • Role: Stuntman (uncredited)
  • Maxence Huet
  • Role: Russian Guard

Crew Anna

  • Luc Besson
  • Director
  • Luc Besson
  • Writer
  • Luc Besson
  • Producer
  • Marc Shmuger
  • Executive Producer
  • Jason Cloth
  • Executive Producer
  • Eric Mathis
  • Line Producer
  • Andjelija Vlaisavljevic
  • Line Producer
  • Eric Serra
  • Music
  • Thierry Arbogast
  • Cinematography
  • Julien Rey
  • Editor
  • Hugues Tissandier
  • Production Design
  • Gilles Boillot
  • Art Direction
  • Stéphane Robuchon
  • Art Direction
  • Evelyne Tissandier
  • Set Decoration
  • Olivier Bériot
  • Costume Design
  • Frédérique Ney
  • Makeup Artist
  • Aya Yabuuchi
  • Makeup Artist

Shaft

First…it’s entertaining, occasionally funny, often a bit crude, but packed with action. It’s appropriately and unapologetically focused on urban black culture of today. Overall, we enjoyed it!

This film is on the border line concerning attendance by children. We do not think it’s appropriate, especially for young children. It’s pretty clear this film was intended for older children and adults.

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Shaft (June 14, 2019)

Release Date: June 14, 2019
Starring: Jessie Usher, Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree, Alexandra Shipp
Genres: Action, Crime, Comedy
Runtime: 111 min
Original Title: Shaft
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Davis Entertainment, Khalabo Ink Society, New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Digital Networks, Warner Bros. Pictures
JJ, aka John Shaft Jr., may be a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, but to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s untimely death, he needs an education only his dad can provide. Absent throughout JJ’s youth, the legendary locked-and-loaded John Shaft agrees to help his progeny navigate Harlem’s heroin-infested underbelly.

Cast Shaft

  • Jessie Usher
  • Role: John "J.J." Shaft Jr. III
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Role: John Shaft
  • Richard Roundtree
  • Role: John Shaft I
  • Alexandra Shipp
  • Role: Sasha Arias
  • Regina Hall
  • Role: Maya Babanikos
  • Matt Lauria
  • Role: Major Gary Cutworth
  • Avan Jogia
  • Role: Karim Hassan
  • Lauren Vélez
  • Role: Bennie Rodriguez
  • Method Man
  • Role: Freddie P.
  • Tashiana Washington
  • Role: Sugar
  • Isaach De Bankolé
  • Role: Gordito
  • Almeera Jiwa
  • Role: Anam
  • Titus Welliver
  • Role: Special Agent Vietti
  • Ian Casselberry
  • Role: Manuel "Manny" Orozco
  • George Lott
  • Role: The DJ
  • Leland L. Jones
  • Role: Ron
  • Sylvia Jefferies
  • Role: Once Beautiful Woman
  • Chivonne Michelle
  • Role: Baby
  • Aaron Dominguez
  • Role: Eddie Dominguez
  • Kenny Barron
  • Role: Thomas
  • Nyah Marie Johnson
  • Role: Young Sasha
  • Jessica Medina
  • Role: Waitress
  • Athena Akers
  • Role: New York Patron
  • Mike Dunston
  • Role: News Reporter
  • Adrienne C. Moore
  • Role: 

Crew Shaft

  • Tim Story
  • Director
  • Kenya Barris
  • Screenplay
  • Alex Barnow
  • Screenplay
  • Ernest Tidyman
  • Novel
  • Ernest Tidyman
  • Characters
  • Ira Napoliello
  • Executive Producer
  • John Davis
  • Producer
  • Richard Brener
  • Executive Producer
  • Kenya Barris
  • Executive Producer
  • Marc S. Fischer
  • Executive Producer
  • Josh Mack
  • Executive Producer
  • Tim Story
  • Executive Producer
  • Christopher Lennertz
  • Music
  • Larry Blanford
  • Cinematography
  • Peter S. Elliot
  • Editor
  • Missy Parker
  • Set Decoration
  • Olivia Miles
  • Costume Design
  • Brittany Hites
  • Art Direction
  • Jeremy Woolsey
  • Art Direction

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